Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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TBPrince
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2005-07-06

.NET also makes them extremely easy to program apps for.

Definitely. But I would say that's not the only factor to consider. Right now, I think there are 5 or more Java mobile apps for each Windows Mobile app so people is actively developing for mobile systems.

However, I doubt that given current uncertainity about Linux itself there can be an explosion of native Linux apps on mobile systems. Using Java it's easier and makes developers far more confident that their applications will be able to run on most phones. I doubt someone would invest in developing native apps which might not work in 3-4 months when new phone will be released.

Please also consider that given the current price tag at which such apps get sold (most apps get sold from 5$ to 15$) real money is behind higher sales so every developer is encouraged to use frameworks which allow them to sell their software on different systems.

I understand that phone makers are very scared to help that because they fear phone prices could get even lower than today so they're willing to loose developers' consideration to keep price a bit higher but they should also consider that won't last.

By the 2008, we will have millions of devices which can potentially can be a target for developers, faster and smaller CPUs which will let people do more and (hopefully) better batteries.

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